Pad Thai at Aroy Dee in Chiang Mai

Delicious Thai Food in Chiang Mai

In Food Travel, Thailand by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

We stumbled into Aroy Dee on our very first night in Chiang Mai. See why this nondescript neighborhood shack became our go-to Chiang Mai spot for delicious Thai food.

Delicious Thai Food - Pad Thai at Aroy Dee in Chiang Mai

Pad Thai at Aroy Dee in Chiang Mai

We ate a lot of delicious Thai food in Chiang Mai. This is no surprise since food is one of the top reasons to visit Chiang Mai – if not the top reason.

In just a month, we found our favorite spots for khao soi, khao kha moo, roast chicken and other local specialties. We ate at cool venues like night markets, a cooking school and a fancy farm dinner. And we drank a lot of amazing smoothies and specialty coffee.

Sometimes, though, we just wanted some good, cheap comfort food. That’s when we would take the short walk over broken sidewalks and below unwieldy wires to Aroy Dee.

Located in a shack literally built under a tree, Aroy Dee serves a variety of Thai dishes for under a dollar. The joint is always crowded and for good reason.

At Aroy Dee, a simple plate of pad thai has an extra zing. Tom Yum soup is loaded with shrimp plus a deep flavor that western chefs can only dream of creating. And the omelets – let’s just say that we’ll dream about the crispy Khai Jiao for many moons.

Aroy Dee is located “under the tree” on Sirimangkalajarn in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Delicious Thai Food Video

Want to see the food in action? No worries – we filmed a YouTube video – which is almost as good as being there in person.


Hungry for more in Chiang Mai? Check out our Chiang Mai Food Guide for our favorite food and drink options in Chiang Mai.


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Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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